Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to win National Basketball Association title

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The Golden State Warriors secured their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons with a 129-120 Game Five win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, capping a near-perfect run through the playoffs.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", he said.

"I want to say a special "thank you" to (assistant) Mike Brown for keeping this ship sailing smoothly while I was out".

In 2012, an in-his-prime LeBron James took home his first NBA Championship when his Miami Heat earned a win over a young Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder.

As confetti fell on the court, LeBron James gave Kevin Durant a long embrace and congratulatory words before walking off the court with his head held high despite a fifth career NBA Finals loss.

Wrapping up the series in five games meant the Warriors came through the post-season with a 16-1 record, with only the defeat in game four keeping them from perfection.

LeBron James had a stellar Finals average of 41 points 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Kyrie Irving - the Cavs' All-Star playmaker and one of the architects of last year's championship - contributed 26 points and six assists.

"This is a great group of guys, great community, great fans", Durant said.

On Monday night, Durant flipped the script in the first Finals matchup between the two since 2012.

But he said: "It's a team sport".

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

After getting his own back this time around, Durant said: "He averaged a triple-double - you just can't stop the guy - but we got him".

Durant, who was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, became the first player with five consecutive 30-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

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